A newly constructed home is an exciting thing: your castle built exactly to your needs. One downside of the process, however, is that the land around the homesite is usually completely destroyed by the process of digging and all the trucks that roll through. The most common tool to fix this is sod, since planting grass seed and waiting for it to grow takes too long. Sod is like ready-made grass that takes the waiting out of correcting the lawn around your new home. Read on to learn more.
What Is Sod?
Sod is essentially a layer of grass grown in such a way that it can be harvested and relaid on bare soil and allowed to take root. It is made up of grass, a thin grass root system, and a thin layer of soil or biodegradable material that holds it all together. Sod is available in a variety of grass types, including Bermuda Grass, Bella Bluegrass, and Covington, among others. The type of grass that you get in your sod should be appropriate to your area. For instance, Covington is a lower maintenance grass that is typically grown and used in the Florida region, while Bella Bluegrass grows well in the Northern regions of the US, especially states where water conservation is important (it is highly drought resistant).
How Is It Grown?
Sod is more often than not a locally grown crop since there are certain restrictions on travel and transport (due to the stress that it puts on the grass among other factors). It is grown, like any other crop, on farms and harvested after between 10 and 18 months. Once it is harvested, sod is usually sold in squares or rolled rectangles. The squares are the easiest to handle, especially for a DIYer, but the rolled rectangles cover larger yards more efficiently. Sod can be sold in rolls up to four feet wide, though these are usually reserved for large commercial projects.
How Is It Used?
Sod has lots of uses. It is commonly used in stadiums and in some countries it is used on roofs. In the US, it is mostly used to repair or replant grass around new construction. This isn’t just an aesthetic choice. Sod helps limit erosion, improves air and water quality in the area, helps keep the area cool, and can help prevent flooding. It is also often a more cost-effective option than grass seed, especially in areas where the seed is likely to blow away.
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